Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,153 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Lowest review score: 0 The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)
Score distribution:
5,153 movie reviews
  1. It has no pulse, no apparent breath.
  2. Rarely have clips from so many good and great movies been put to such dull use.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Watching this movie in 3-D is very much like sticking one's head in a blender and hitting "pulse."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Takers might have made a perfectly decent little B heist movie, but someone had to go and forget to give the cameraman his Ritalin.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    You'll come away from Legendary with no sense of what amateur wrestling is about.
  3. Alpha and Omega is sweet, if not fresh.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    An attempt to turn the 2005 nonfiction bestseller into a high-energy docu-romp, Freakonomics is a misconceived botch.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Introduce the supernatural, and anything goes. Here, everything does. And that's a problem no one can solve. At least it wasn't called "Case 666."
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Is there a statute of limitations for how many good actors can be wasted in a bad movie?
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The movie's primary pleasure is Hopkins, who manages to take the role of Father Lucas seriously without being serious about it at all.
  4. Seeing her (Kidman) in junk like this is a bit like watching the Queen of England eat a Taco Bell chalupa.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A laughably inept series of adolescent poses trying to pass itself off as a movie.
  5. Never achieves the exhilarating feat of exemplifying the types of Hollywood movies it wants to unpack.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    All the good intentions in the world can't save White Irish Drinkers from playing like the baldest of retreads.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The crazy train of Insidious runs fully off the rails when the filmmakers go logical and some of the strange gets explained away as a double shot of demonic possession and astral projection.
  6. With a plot devoid of suspense and characters without complexity, Rand's iconic line elicits merely a yawn, or a shrug.
  7. The movie is swept up in earnest self-importance.
  8. I don't know whether she's (Hudson) drunk, stoned, or simply out of her mind, but if it weren't so sad watching her pick away at this skimpy, overlong romantic lie, she might be entertaining.
  9. In fairness, putting holiness onscreen is an enormous challenge. It can be done, as several directors have shown, most notably Dreyer and Bresson. Bad enough that Joffe is the poor man's Lean. He's also the nonbelieving man's Dreyer and Bresson.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    If not better, a Part II always has to be bigger. In the case of The Hangover Part II, that means raunchier, nastier, darker. It also means much more predictable, which is ruinous.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Hopefully the last, of the fake trailer spinoffs of 2007's "Grindhouse." It makes last year's "Machete" look like "The King's Speech."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    If the director had brought any toughness of perspective - or at least the self-lacerating humor of 2002's "Igby Goes Down,'' still the reigning champ of screwed-up-Manhattan-prepster films - we might be able to digest George's follies without cringing.
  10. There's just very little in Beautiful Boy that feels fresh or new or truly raw. The houses, that title, every emotion, even the false moves: They're all generic.
  11. The first step in getting beyond preaching to the converted is letting the other side show how wrong it might be.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    I say kill off everybody else and bring back Farrell for the sequel.
  12. As for other voices, the most notable are Adam Sandler, whose capuchin monkey wears out his welcome pretty quickly; Maya Rudolph, whose jivey giraffe comes perilously close to aural blackface; and Nick Nolte's gorilla.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    As history it's bunk; as inappropriate historical fiction, it's awfully close to comedy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's a working illustration of what differentiates movie stars from TV stars. When we buy a ticket for a George Clooney movie, it's because we want to see George Clooney (or Emma Stone or Tom Hanks or whomever). The real stars of "Glee," on the other hand, are the characters, not the actors.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    As for the movie itself, it's tolerable.
  13. Alba, meanwhile, is again ridiculously shoehorned into a comedy gig, although she does have an amusing opening bit spying while nine months pregnant. If only diaper bomb gags weren't the inevitable follow-up.

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